Originally Posted by venom600
I just got off of the phone with Barnes tech support. I've been doing load development using the .308 200g Tipped TSX and just noticed that it has become a 'discontinued' product. Yet, a .308 200g bullet "Designed after the best-selling Tipped Triple-Shock™ X Bullet®" showed up in the LRX lineup. I had a suspicion that they just moved the bullet over to the LRX line unchanged so that they could charge more for it....since it is now a 'long range' product (as if it wasn't *before*).
Tech support confirmed my suspicion. The guy I talked to said that the 200g .308 LRX is the *exact* same bullet as the 200g .308 TTSX.
So, the good news is that the bullet that I've been putting time/energy into developing a load for isn't going away. The bad news is that now I'll have to pay a couple of bucks more per box, due to some silly marketing BS.
I thought it was odd the 200 gr. TTSX and LRX had the exact same B.C.
I can tell you the 175 gr. .308 is a new/different bullet; I just received some from Midway last week. It has the exact same O.A.L. as the 180 gr. TTSX. The boattail and ogive have been lengthened. 175 gr. LRX has 3 grooves; 180 gr. TTSX has 4.
I've loaded a few for my RUM, but haven't had a chance to shoot them yet.